First published in AMS business magazine. Author: Rhys Elliott

#1 in work-life balance  

The Netherlands has the best work-life balance in the world, and its housing, education and skills, environmental quality and health status are well-above average.

(Source: OECD, Better Life Index 2016)

Quality of life

The high quality of Amsterdam’s living conditions surpasses those of Paris, London, Berlin and New York City.

(Source: Mercer, Quality of Living Survey 2017)

One of Europe’s safest cities

 City

 European ranking

 Stockholm

1

 AMSTERDAM

 2

 Zurich

 3

 Barcelona

 4

 London

 5

 Frankfurt

 6

 Madrid

 7

 Brussels

 8

 Paris 

 9

 Milan

 10

(Source: Economist Intelligence Unit, Safe Cities Index 2015)

Happiness

The Netherlands is the world’s 6th happiest country, based on factors such as social support, health, income, trust in government and freedom to make life decisions.

(Source: United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, World Happiness Report 2017)

Transparency

The perceived level of public-sector corruption in the Netherlands is lower than in Germany, France and the UK.

(Source: Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index 2016)

1st

The English proficiency levels of the Netherlands’ workforce are the highest in the world, which means Amsterdam really is the ideal city for companies to set up their European headquarters.

(Source: EF, English Proficiency Index for Companies Report 2016)

Attractive countries for talent

 Country

 Rank

 Switzerland

 1

 Denmark

 2

 Belgium

 3

 Sweden

 4

 THE NETHERLANDS

 5

 Finland

 6

 Norway

 7

 Austria

 8

 Luxembourg

 9

 Hong Kong

 10

(Source: IMD, World Talent Report 2016)

Attracting talent and new business

Amsterdam ranks 3rd in the European Union when it comes to attracting new businesses and talent. This is based on factors such as research and development, cultural interaction, liveability, environment and accessibility.

(Source: The Mori Memorial Foundation, Global Power City Index 2016)

Support for internationals

In 2016, Amsterdam received an fDi Strategy Award in the Expat Support category for the invaluable and comprehensive services of IN Amsterdam (formerly the Expatcenter), the city’s go-to service for international companies and employees.

Sustainably competitive and competitively sustainable

When it comes to sustainable urban development and competitiveness on the worldwide business stage, Amsterdam ranks 5th globally and 3rd in Europe.

(Source: PwC, Cities of Opportunity 2016)

A great location

Amsterdam sits in 3rd place in IBM’s 2016 Global Location Trends report, which measures the latest patterns in corporate-location selection and the successfulness of the world’s cities in attracting new business.

(Source: IBM, Global Location Trends Annual Report 2016)

Affordable for businesses

The Netherlands has the 3rd lowest business costs in the world, making it a great place to relocate your company to or establish your start-up.

(Source: KPMG’s Competitive Alternatives 2016)

A global city of the future

Amsterdam ranks 7th in fDi’s Global Cities of the Future – a study that analyses the competitiveness and attractiveness of the world’s cities and regions.

(Source: fDi, Global Cities of the Future 2016/17)

Logistics

The logistics industry in the Netherlands is booming, ranking 4th globally in the efficiency of its international supply chains.

(Source: The World Bank, Logistics Performance Index 2016)

High-flying aerospace sector

Amsterdam’s aerospace industry is in the global Top 15 and is ranked in 4th place within the European Union.

(Source: fDi, Aerospace Cities of the Future 2016/2017)

Information and communications tech

The Global Information Technology Report, which measures the drivers of the global ICT revolution, found that the Netherlands’ networked readiness is the 6th best in the world.

(Source: World Economic Forum, Global Information Technology Report 2016)

#1 connected country

 Country

 Rank

 THE NETHERLANDS

 1

 Singapore

 2

 Ireland

 3

 Switzerland

 4

 Luxembourg

 5

 Belgium

 6

 Germany

 7

 United Kingdom

 8

 Denmark

 9

 United Arab Emirates

 10

 (Source: DHL, Global Connectedness Index 2016)

52,000

The number of annual transfer flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, making it the 2nd largest hub airport in the world and solidifying the city’s position as the gateway to Europe.

(Source: ACI EUROPE Airport Industry Connectivity Report 2016)

3rd for startups

Thanks to its flourishing startup ecosystem – including accelerators and incubators, investors, universities, event organisers and co-working spaces – Amsterdam is the 3rd most attractive city in Europe for startups.

(Source: ESI, Startup Heatmap Europe 2016)

Support for digital startups and scale-ups

 Startups

 

 Scale-ups

 City

 Rank

 City

 Rank

 London

 1

 London

 1

 Stockholm

 2

 Stockholm

 2

 AMSTERDAM

 3

 Paris

 3

 Helsinki

 4

 Helsinki

 4

 Paris

 5

 AMSTERDAM

 5

 Berlin

 6

 Copenhagen

 6

 Copenhagen

 7

 Berlin

 7

 Dublin

 8

 Munich

 8

 Barcelona

 9

 Dublin

 9

 Vienna

 10

 Vienna

 10

(Source: Nesta, European Digital City Index 2016)

Startup capital

Amsterdam is one of the Top 20 startup ecosystems in the world, based on the following measures: performance, funding, talent, market reach and start-up experience.

(Source: Compass, The Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015)

Top country for IP

The Netherlands takes the top spot in the Global Intellectual Property Index, which gives a full, comparative assessment of the handling of IP in 43 regions across the globe.

(Source: Taylor Wessing, Global Intellectual Property Index 2016)

Affordable housing

Nested’s Rental Affordability Index found that Amsterdam’s rental prices were more affordable than those of London, Zurich and Copenhagen.

(Source: Nested, Rental Affordability Index 2017)

78.01

How Amsterdam scored on the Numbeo Cost of Living Index, making it a more cost-effective city to live in compared to London (81.63), Paris (83.20) and Dusseldorf (87.50).

(Source: Numbeo, Cost of Living Index 2017)